Experience is invaluable as the Central Coast Section track and field trials approach, but that has not seemed to bother the Aragon boys’ and girls’ teams.
The Aragon boys won the Peninsula Athletic League Dual Meet and saw its girls’ team finish third, two spots behind perennial powerhouse Westmoor.
“The time is really not all that important; it’s just getting into the top three,” Aragon coach Bill Daskarolis said. “It’s all strategy and that’s what happens with the Central Coast Section, too. It’s exciting.”
The CCS trials will take place on Saturday at Gilroy High School, with the finals slated for May 25.
But this season is different in the timing of the CCS trials.
The PAL held its finals meet on May 4 and the teams have had two weeks in preparation, giving time for Aragon to heal up, but also creates a longer-than-normal break in between meets.
“You take a week like this week, we’re not backing off,” Daskarolis said. “We’re just staying with it like we have finals coming up.”
While other leagues, such as the West Catholic Athletic League, had their league final meets last week, the two-week layoff is something new for the PAL teams.
“We’ve never had this before,” Daskarolis said of the extended break. “For us, this is unique. For others, it’s status quo.”
Aragon will have about 20 competitors on Saturday, led by Lauren Croshaw and Rory Beyer, both who Daskarolis said have a chance to reach the state finals.
Beyer, who also ran cross country in the fall, will be competing in the 3,200-meter race. Croshaw will compete in the 800- and 1,600-meter races.
The Aragon team is full of sophomores and juniors this year, and even though Daskarolis knows this can be a disadvantage this year, is confident in his runners.
“We want them to be exposed to the competition and some came to us and said they wanted to run varsity,” he said. “It’s a matter of where you are at that point in time. Some people react to it well.”